Ivanka Trump has been quietly calling lawmakers to discuss gun control legislation. Could Donald Trump, who won the 2016 election by promising to always defend the Second Amendment, be treading on thin ice if his daughter, Ivanka, who has been accused of leaning left on many social issues, is attempting to craft gun control legislation from behind the scenes?
Last week, following the mass shootings in Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX, Ivanka Trump tweeted her support for Senator Lindsey Graham’s Red Flag Laws:
Ivanka tweeted: Congress should enact Red Flag laws/ Extreme Risk Protection Orders in EVERY state and increase resources dedicated to mental health support.
Congress should enact Red Flag laws/ Extreme Risk Protection Orders in EVERY state and increase resources dedicated to mental health support. https://t.co/YWgccND8dH
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 4, 2019
She also posted her support for the “Red Flag” laws on her Instagram account. Many consider the “Red Flag” law a slippery slope that will lead to the full implementation of gun control.
According to the Daily Mail – Axios is reporting that conversations about legislation related to background checks for gun owners have been taking place between Ivanka Trump and lawmakers have been taking place behind the scenes.
Congress is out of session for the month of August, but Ivanka spoke with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin last Wednesday about a bipartisan background check bill he is co-sponsoring with Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
Manchin, who was on vacation in Hawaii when he spoke with Trump, talked with her about what changes might need to be made to the bill for it to get passed by the Republican-controlled Senate.
‘She called Manchin and said she was trying to get a sense of what bills are out there,’ an aide to the West Virginia senator told Axios. ‘She had him explain how they drafted the bill, where it stands and what changes needed to be made in order for it to pass.’
Only eight House Republicans voted to pass a bill in February that would strengthen background check laws, which, if passed in the Senate, would make the check mandatory for almost all commercial firearms purchases.
Even in light of the 31 deaths from the two mass shootings, it’s unlikely enough Republicans would get on board for regulations that strict.
The talks, however, indicate the administration’s move toward passing regulations on firearms, even though Trump did not signal the White House position during her conversations.
The president has expressed openness to stricter background checks, even though those in conservative circles oppose restrictions on the Second Amendment or any regulations that would make obtaining a gun more difficult.
Last week, he told reporter there was a ‘great appetite for background checks’ in America. He also said the National Rifle Association is ‘going to get there also… or maybe will be a little bit more neutral’ on the measure.
The NRA has already warned Trump he could likely lose supporters if he goes forward with strengthening background checks for those wishing to buy a gun – and he has been speaking with aides about his base would react to different moves on gun control.
What do you think? Is President Trump willing to lose a massive part of his base to please the Left over their demands for gun control? Is Ivanka quietly working behind the scenes, so her father doesn’t get blamed for the conversations? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.